Muslim Group Monitoring ‘Hate Crimes’ Loses Funding for Lying

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“Tell Mama,” a British group launched with taxpayer money to monitor "hate crimes" against Muslims, has lost its government grant after being caught embellishing the truth in order to create the illusion that there was a massive wave of attacks on Muslims in the wake of the Lee Rigby murder.

Although there is no doubt that anti-Islamic feelings spiked in the UK following the brutal slaughter of Drummer Lee Rigby by Islamists, the number of attacks and incidences of intimidation against Muslims was found to be nowhere near the claims reported by “Tell Mama.”

The group, which received £375,000 ($587,000) in taxpayers’ money in the last year, claimed that after the Woolwich incident there had been a "sustained wave of attacks and intimidation" against British Muslims. However, the group failed to mention that 57 percent of the 212 reports referred to as anti-Muslim activity took place only online and consisted mainly of offensive postings on Twitter and Facebook.  Futhermore, not all the online abuse even originated in Britain.

In addition, a full16 percent of the group’s 2012 reports of hate crimes could not be verified. Contrary to the group’s claim of a "cycle of violence" and a "sustained wave of attacks," only 17 of the 212 incidents reported involved the physical targeting of people, and there were no attacks on anyone serious enough to require medical treatment.

“Tell Mama” claimed in March that anti-Muslim crime was rising, even though the group had only been in operation at that stage for one year and had no previous figures available for comparison.

The only large force that collects figures on specifically anti-Muslim crime, the Metropolitan Police, reported an 8.5 per cent fall in such crimes between 2009 and 2012.

There was a spike in anti-Muslim incidents after the killing of Drummer Rigby. However, contrary to Tell Mama's claims that it was "unprecedented," the police department's  assistant commissioner, Cressida Dick, told MPs last week that it was “slightly less” than after previous terror attacks. "There has not been such a very big increase in attacks as we might have feared," he said.

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Meira Svirsky

Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org

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